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Sat May 23 03:14:40 SAST 2015

How to build up food reserves for an apocalypse survival kit

AFP Relaxnews, Times LIVE | 28 November, 2012 10:19
A worker restocks Campbell's soup cans inside a Fresh & Easy store in Burbank
A worker restocks Campbell's soup cans inside a Fresh & Easy store in Burbank, California.
Image by: MARIO ANZUONI / REUTERS

Whether you’re preparing for the possibility of another hurricane or an impending catastrophe, Judgement Day or even the zombie apocalypse, you can never go wrong with an emergency supply kit stocked with the right foods.

With doomsday prophecies predicting the end of the world December 21, believers have been building up their bunkers and lining their pantries with non-perishables meant to last them through the supposed Armageddon, thought to be augured by the Mayan calendar.

Whatever the reason, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention offers a set of guidelines on how to build a disaster supplies kit for you and your family.

Store foods that you eat regularly.Include vitamin, mineral and protein supplements.
Store enough foods for two weeks.
Make sure to include a manual can opener, disposable utensils and plates.
Consider including candle warmers, a fondue pot and portable gas-powered stove for cooking.
Keep food in a dry, cool spot out of the sun.
Keep sugar, dried fruits and nuts in screw-top jars or airtight cans.
Avoid eating canned goods that have become dented, swollen or corroded.
Avoid fatty, high-protein or salty foods when your water supply is low.
Keep your hands clean with either soap and water or hand sanitisers.
If water supplies are low, eat salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals, and canned foods with high liquid content.

Shelf life of foods

Within six months use up:
Boxed potatoes
Dried fruit
Dry, crisp crackers
Powdered milk

Follow the expiry dates stamped on the cans. Otherwise, it's advised that wiithin one year you use up:
Canned, condensed meat and vegetable soups
Canned fruits, fruit juices and vegetables
Hard candy and canned nuts
Jelly
Peanut butter
Ready-to-eat cereals and uncooked instant cereals
Vitamins

The following foods have an indefinite shelf life:
Baking powder
Bouillon products
Dried corn
Dry pasta
Instant coffee, tea, cocoa
Vegetable oils
Salt
Soybeans
Wheat
White rice

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